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Legendary NBA coach Jerry Sloan ‘dying’ while battling dementia, Parkinson’s disease: report

Legendary NBA coach Jerry Sloan is reportedly “dying” while he battles dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Salt Lake Tribune columnist Gordon Monson gave an update on Sloan’s health Wednesday, writing that he asked someone outside the family who would know the details about the coach’s health and received an eerie response.

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FILE – In this Sunday, May 2, 2010, file photo, Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan yells to his team during the first half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. (AP)

“He is dying,” the person said.

According to the report, the effects of the ailments are “worsening.”

“It’s basically a slide into oblivion. He’s frail. He’s physically and mentally limited. Around the clock care is required for him,” Monson wrote. “Although in the more recent past the old coach has been able to attend Jazz games, he will go no more.”

FLASHBACK: LEGENDARY NBA COACH JERRY SLOAN SAYS HE HAS PARKINSON’S DISEASE, DEMENTIA

Before Sloan went into coaching, he was a star forward for the Baltimore Bullets and Chicago Bulls from 1965 to 1976. He was a two-time All-Star selection and a six-time All-Defensive Team selection.

Sloan, 77, got his first head coaching job with the Bulls before the 1979-80 season and led the team to the playoffs during the 1980-81 season. He then joined the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach and served in that role from 1985 to 1988.

He was named the Jazz head coach during the 1988-89 season and stayed in that role until the 2010-11 season.

As a head coach, he recorded 1,221 wins and won the Western Conference championship in back-to-back years in 1996-97 and 1997-98 with teams led by Karl Malone and John Stockton. Unfortunately, the team ran into the Michael Jordan-led Bulls and lost in the NBA Finals both times.

Sloan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

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He revealed to the Salt Lake Tribune in 2016 he was battling dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

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Former Auburn assistant basketball coach avoids prison

Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach and NBA star Chuck Person’s lifelong generosity may have driven him to the poorhouse, but it saved him from the jailhouse Wednesday when a judge sentenced him in a bribery scandal that touched some of the biggest college basketball programs.

U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska cited Person’s “random acts of charity that happened all the time” as she explained why he won’t be locked up for taking bribes to steer top college players toward a financial adviser who was cooperating with the government’s investigation.

“The worst thing you have to say is that you were charitable to a fault,” she told Person, who wiped tears from his face repeatedly. “Keep up the good work.”

She ordered him to do 200 hours of community service during the two years the Probation Department will supervise him.

“No purpose would be served by incarceration,” Preska said.

Sentencing guidelines called for two years in prison, though three other coaches who pleaded guilty to the same bribery conspiracy charge also received leniency.

Preska said the money Person gave to family, friends, strangers, charities and the schools that propelled him to a 13-year NBA career earned him leniency and a shot at redemption.

She said she “disagreed vehemently” with a prosecutor’s claim that Person was motivated by “insatiable greed.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Boone told Preska that Person’s crime was worse than others in the bribery scheme because he tried to get players and families to accept bribes even though the government cooperator never suggested it.

The judge read extensively from over 70 letters of support, many citing the generosity which included houses for at least 10 family members, college tuition for two nieces, and computers, school supplies and shoes for high school students.

When he ran out of money, he took out loans to give even more, including $300,000 for a lighted softball complex in Laverne, Alabama, Preska said.

Person, who was in financial trouble at the time, accepted $91,500 in bribes to parlay his relationships with top players to steer them to a financial adviser, federal prosecutors said. The adviser, however, was working as a government cooperator.

Preska noted that after signing his first NBA contract, Person sent most of the money to his family and bought his mother a house. After his playing career ended, he turned down lucrative jobs in the NBA to make less money as a college coach.

Person, who started a personal basketball training business in Atlanta last year, told the judge he had “deep remorse” for taking advantage of his players. He said he still loved Auburn and always will and hoped that “they will one day forgive me and let me come back.”

Of his crime, he said: “I knew it was wrong, but I did it anyway.”

Person’s March guilty plea came nearly two decades after he was a regular presence on NBA courts, known as “The Rifleman” for lighting up scoreboards with long-range shooting skills.

After the Indiana Pacers drafted him in 1986, he played for five NBA teams over 13 seasons. In 2010, he earned a championship ring as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lawyers wrote that Person’s previous financial troubles intensified almost as soon as his NBA career ended, when he was paying $30,000 monthly to his ex-wife while he was earning $18,000 annually in his first non-playing role with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“Chuck’s singular focus on basketball, his failure to plan for his financial future, and his unbounded generosity ultimately had catastrophic consequences,” they wrote.

By 2016, when he was an assistant coach at Auburn, where he had set a record as the school’s all-time leading scorer in the 1980s, he was deeply in debt with bank loans, the lawyers wrote. One financial institution had obtained a default judgment that garnished 25% of his wages at Auburn, they added.

“Creditors were growing impatient, and Chuck was becoming desperate. Chuck could have turned to his many friends for help, but he was embarrassed and ashamed,” they wrote.

Instead, the man who overcame racism and extreme poverty growing up in rural Alabama got swept up in the college basketball scandal when his search for a new loan earned him an introduction to the government cooperator, the lawyers said.

Letters submitted to Preska included one from Charles Sonny Smith, who coached at Auburn for 11 seasons through the 1980s, and one from Sam Perkins, another former NBA player who met Person when both competed to be on the U.S. Olympic team in 1984.

Smith called Person “my favorite player ever.” Perkins said Person was “still a good friend.”

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Clarke’s double-double leads Grizzlies to title

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins has yet to lead an official NBA game, but he’s bringing some hardware home to Beale Street.

Brandon Clarke had 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the eighth-seeded Grizzlies to a 95-92 victory over the third-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in the championship game of the NBA Summer League on Monday.

“It was a lot of fun, this is why I do what I do,” said Jenkins, the only NBA head coach to coach a summer league team. “I love to compete, love to teach and have a great group of guys on the court and our staff off the court. It was so much fun to work with them for 20 days. It’s a lot to do in a short amount of time. And to be able to win a championship is fun. I told the guys this morning when you have a chance to win a championship there’s nothing like it.”

Clarke, who was named overall MVP for the summer league, also had three blocks and four assists to earn the championship game MVP. He had four double-doubles in the tournament.

“I feel like I’ll just fit in perfectly (with Memphis) because his system and his culture is similar to what it was like at college at Gonzaga,” said Clarke. “It was just really fun playing for him. He was just a really great coach. Every day he was up to play hard and up to get us better. It was awesome playing for him.”

The Grizzlies, who led by as many as 17 points, led by only two after the three quarters, but got a boost from Grayson Allen, who scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the second half and deflected the ball away to keep Minnesota from taking a last-second shot.

“He’s played in lots of big games, he’s just somebody that’s used to making those big shots, making those big plays,” Clarke said. “Adding him to the team is something that’s gonna be really big for us.”

Bruno Caboclo and Dusty Hannahs also had 15 points for the Grizzlies, while Tyler Harvey added 12 points and five assists.

Memphis tied its league-high 31 points for a quarter when it opened the game with a 31-19 edge after one, while its 56 first-half points were a new team-high for the 11-day event.

The Timberwolves, who went into the game as the lone undefeated team, clawed their way back into the game behind the hot hand of Kelan Martin, who drained three 3-pointers in the third quarter. Minnesota cut Memphis’ lead to one point six times.

“We tried to find a way to come back and we didn’t, we came up short,” Timberwolves coach Pablo Prigioni said. “Credit to them, they were better. They showed all tournament long, they fought to the end, so nothing we can ask more. It was a hell of a summer league.”

Martin led five Timberwolves in double figures, finishing with a game-high 19 points.

Jordan Murphy scored 14, Mitchell Creek had 13, Barry Brown Jr. chipped in 12 and Keita Bates-Diop finished with 10 for Minnesota.

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM – Joining Clarke on the first team was New Orleans’ Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Brooklyn’s Jarrett Allen, Miami’s Kendrick Nunn and New York’s Mitchell Robinson. Fan favorite Rui Hahimura from Washington headlined the second team, and was joined by Toronto’s Chris Boucher, New Orleans’ Jaxson Hayes, Portland’s Anfernee Simons and San Antonio’s Lonnie Walker IV.

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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr receives high honor from former player

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Five rings as an NBA player with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs? Check.

Three rings as an NBA coach with the Golden State Warriors? Check.

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Being the top doobie roller in the NBA? Check?

Steve Kerr probably wasn’t expecting the latest honor that his former player Nick Young bestowed upon him during an interview with 95.7 The Game’s “The Damon Bruce Show” on Thursday.

Young was asked who he thought was the best blunt roller in basketball. Young laughed before he was asked again by host Damon Bruce.

“Who can twist it up better than anyone,” Bruce asked.

Young first wouldn’t reveal his answer “because that’s snitchin’.”

Young then said: “Probably Steve Kerr.”

Kerr has been a supporter of medical marijuana for pain relief and told CSN’s “The Warriors Insider” podcast in 2016 that he tried smoking marijuana to help with his chronic back pain, but he said it didn’t help.

Young played 80 games for the Warriors during the 2017-18 season and won a championship with the team – his only ring.

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He a few games for the Denver Nuggets last season before he was waived in December.

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Oklahoma City Thunder agree to trade Russell Westbrook to Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, reports say

The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul in an exchange of star point guards that reunites Westbrook with former teammate James Harden in Houston, according to multiple reports.

In addition to Paul, the Thunder also are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons. The trade was first reported by ESPN.

Neither team had officially announced the trade as of Thursday night, but Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta told Fox 26 Houston that the deal had been agreed to.

“We’re so excited to have Russell Westbrook,” Fertitta said. “I would watch him play for Oklahoma City and he’s so athletic. At the same time this franchise just had the two years with the most wins it’s ever had in consecutive years and we wouldn’t have accomplished that without Chris Paul. Chris Paul is unbelievable and he’s gonna be sadly missed.

“I said at the end of the year we’re never gonna stand pat,” Fertitta went on. “We’re always gonna try to get better. I think this makes us a better team. I hate to lose Chris Paul, but we felt like we did what we had to do to become a better team.

“I think it’ll be very interesting and fun,” the Rockets owner added. “James [Harden] and Russell wanted to play together. It oughta be fun this year.”

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The 34-year-old Paul is owed roughly $125 million over the final three years of his contract, including a $44.2 million player option for 2021-22. Westbrook, who turns 31 early next season, is owed $171 million over the final four years of his existing deal.

Paul is a nine-time All-Star, Westbrook an eight-time selection. Paul has 9,181 career assists, the most among active players. Westbrook has 138 triple-doubles, tied with Magic Johnson for second-most in NBA history behind only Oscar Robertson’s 181.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook, right, to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul in an exchange of star point guards, according to reports.

Westbrook and Harden were Thunder teammates for three seasons, the last of those in 2011-12 when that duo and Kevin Durant took Oklahoma City to the NBA Finals. They lost in five games to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat, and Harden was traded that summer to Houston — where he’s been a perennial All-Star ever since.

But when the Thunder agreed last week to trade Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, it became clear quickly that Westbrook would be on the move as well. And this trade, when completed, will mean that Thunder general manager Sam Presti has added seven first-round picks to the team’s stockpile in the last week or so.

Oklahoma City got five first-round future selections as part of the George trade. The Thunder are getting two more in this trade.

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Paul and Harden were teammates for two seasons in Houston. The Rockets had a 3-2 lead over Golden State in the 2018 Western Conference finals when Paul injured a hamstring, and the Warriors rallied to win that series in seven games on the way to the NBA title. This past season, Houston was ousted by the Warriors in a six-game second-round series.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kawhi Leonard, Paul George officially join LA Clippers

Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are now officially with the Los Angeles Clippers, moves that bring both of them back to their native Southern California.

It might not be forever: Both can become free agents in only two years.

The Clippers completed their blockbuster trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, acquiring George for guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, forward Danilo Gallinari and five first-round draft picks — along with the chance to swap draft places in two other years.

“Paul George is one of the greatest two-way players in our game,” Clippers President Lawrence Frank said. “He is both an elite scorer and a relentless defender whose versatility elevates any team. When you have the opportunity to acquire a contributor of his caliber, you do what it takes to bring him home.”

George can become a free agent again in 2021 if he chooses to exercise that option, and Leonard will be in the same situation as well. A person with knowledge of the situation said that the deal Leonard signed Wednesday is a three-year max that could be worth nearly $110 million, though the third season is at Leonard’s option. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Clippers did not release contract terms.

The Athletic first reported the three-year term and option provision in Leonard’s deal. When Leonard decided that he was leaving Toronto for the Clippers last week, he and the team had talked about a four-year max worth $141 million — but this move, which would make Leonard a free agent after his 10th season, gives him the maximum amounts of flexibility and future earning power.

“This is a historic moment for our organization and our fans,” Frank said. “We are grateful and honored that Kawhi Leonard has decided to come home and join the L.A. Clippers. Kawhi is a peerless two-way player, a relentless worker and a natural fit for the serious, professional culture our group has established.”

Another major deal got completed Wednesday: Klay Thompson, who will miss part of next season while recovering from a torn ACL, signed his five-year deal to stay with Golden State for nearly $190 million — the largest free-agent one agreed to this summer. Portland‘s Damian Lillard signed a $196 million extension that begins in two years, but he wasn’t a free agent. The Warriors also waived Shaun Livingston, who was part of all five of their NBA Finals teams over the last five seasons.

“He has been a tremendous credit to the Warriors organization and our community for the last five years,” Warriors co-chairman and CEO Joe Lacob said of Livingston.

Leonard will cost the Clippers a lot of money.

George is costing them a lot of money and a lot of picks.

The Clippers surrendered their first-rounder picks in 2022, 2024 and 2026, plus sent ones for 2021 and 2023 that were obtained through Miami, to Oklahoma City to complete the George trade. Oklahoma City also has the right to swap first-round picks with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025.

“From the time that Paul and his representation made us aware of what had been transpiring and their subsequent request, our focus as an organization was identifying the best paths for our future,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. “Resiliency has been a staple of our city and our franchise, and this challenge provided us with another opportunity to demonstrate that.”

The Thunder also now have a $10.4 million trade exception.

“Our goal with this transaction was to create value both in the short and long term and help reposition and replenish the organization’s future platform,” Presti said. “We are thrilled to welcome two extremely talented and efficient players in Shai and Danilo.”

It’s unclear if Presti is done making big moves this summer. The Thunder has engaged teams in conversations about the possibility of trading All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, a person familiar with that situation told the AP. Miami is one of the teams that has been part of those talks, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Thunder have not revealed specific details.

Presti said he wished George well.

“We are proud that Paul is a part of our history as an organization and that some of the best basketball of his career was in Oklahoma City,” Presti said. “He should be remembered fondly; we wish him and his family the best.”

George averaged a career-best 28 points last season even while dealing with shoulder issues that required surgery, and the Thunder couldn’t get out of the first round in either of his two seasons in OKC. George was a finalist for both NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year this past season, when he led the league with 2.21 steals per contest.

Leonard is also coming off the best season of his career. Leonard averaged a career-high 26.6 points in the regular season and was even better in the playoffs, averaging 30.5 points for the Raptors in their run to the title. He won NBA Finals MVP honors for the second time, adding this one to the one he got as a member of the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.

“His expectation, and ours, is to contend for championships,” Frank said.

Also Wednesday:

— The Philadelphia 76ers completed the signings of forwards Tobias Harris (who ended last season with Philly) and now-former Boston Celtics standout Al Horford. Both of those deals were agreed upon last week.

“We’re excited to welcome one of the NBA’s best frontcourt players in Al Horford to Philadelphia,” 76ers general manager Elton Brand said. “He has built his reputation around hard work and a tradition of winning, which are the same qualities that have formed the foundation of the 76ers. Al’s playmaking, elite defensive talents and veteran leadership confirm why he is a crucial addition to our roster.”

Washington completed the signing of two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal. He fills a major position of need for Washington, which is bracing to be without John Wall next season.

Thomas said he’s simply looking for a chance to prove himself again. Injuries have limited him to 44 games over the last two seasons.

“I want to compete. I want to win,” Thomas said. “That was one of the most important things in the Wizards’ meeting. I’m coming here to win. I don’t know any other way. They felt the same way.”

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Zion Williamson ruled out for rest of Summer League after suffering minor injury in Pelicans debut

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Zion Williamson’s summer is over almost as quickly as it began.

The prolific Duke product suffered a minor knee injury during the New Orleans Pelicans’ first Summer League game against the New York Knicks on Friday. The team announced Williamson will be benched for the remainder of the team’s games.

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“Zion will move forward from this incident without issue,” Pelicans executive vice president of operations David Griffin said. “However, in an abundance of caution, we have made the determination that he will not appear in game action for the remainder of the NBA Summer League.”

Williamson scored 11 points in nine minutes against the Knicks, including a few dunks. However, he took a knee-to-knee hit and was ruled out at halftime. The game was shortened due to tremors felt after an earthquake struck California.

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“He will continue to take part in training and conditioning with our performance team,” Griffin said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New York Knicks’ instability reportedly turning off other players

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The New York Knicks missed out on marquee free agents this summer and an incident between owner James Dolan and former player Charles Oakley may have something to do with it.

NBA players “took notice” of the incident, which occurred in February 2017, according to The New York Times. Dolan reportedly had Oakley escorted out of Madison Square Garden and video showed the former NBA veteran getting physical with security during the incident.

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The instability in the Knicks organization also played an impact in free agents’ decisions to avoid the team, agents told The New York Times.

It wasn’t clear whether any free agent had an interest in joining the Knicks. New York had been linked to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the months leading up to the start of free agency, but New York didn’t land either player.

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New York reportedly didn’t offer Durant a max contract because of the injury he suffered during the NBA Finals. The Knicks also reportedly didn’t take a meeting with Kawhi Leonard – who eventually agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Since the Knicks lost in the 1999 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, the team has had 12 coaches and only gotten as far as the Eastern Conference semifinals once.

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Kawhi Leonard, Paul George to join NBA’s LA Clippers: reports

The basketball world was buzzing Friday evening with news that the Los Angeles Clippers would be adding star players Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

The deals would bring the two stars to Los Angeles soon after the Brooklyn Nets added Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. They are also the answer to the rival Los Angeles Lakers adding Anthony Davis to a team that includes LeBron James.

Leonard, a free agent after recently leading the Toronto Raptors to the first NBA championship in franchise history, disclosed that he plans to sign a contract with the Clippers, according to ESPN.

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George, meanwhile, was said to be the key player being moved in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, which would reportedly receive numerous draft picks in exchange.

Joining the Clippers would mark a homecoming for both players: Leonard is a Los Angeles native who played college basketball at San Diego State, while George is a native of Palmdale who played college ball at Fresno State.

Other teams said to be hoping to sign Leonard included the Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks.

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is seen during a game against the San Antonio Spurs, Jan. 3, 2019, in San Antonio. (Associated Press)

The terms of Leonard’s reported deal with the Clippers were not immediately available. Details of the reported trade for George also weren’t immediately available.

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Paul George responds to a question during a news conference, Aug. 15, 2014, in Indianapolis. (Associated Press)

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Leonard, 28, is a 6-foot-7 small forward who began his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs in 2011 after being drafted by the Indiana Pacers.

This year, Leonard provided one of the top highlights of the Raptors’ championship run when he hit a game-winning fade-away jumper at the buzzer to seal Toronto’s Game 7 win over the 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

George, 29, also a small forward, started his NBA career with the Pacers and is a six-time NBA all-star.

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Kevin Durant left Warriors because fans didn’t appreciate him: report

Kevin Durant, who will be joining the Brooklyn Nets, left the Golden State Warriors because he felt under-appreciated by its fans, according to a Sunday report.

Kendrick Perkins – Durant’s former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate – and another source close to Durant, told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears that Durant felt overshadowed by Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry.

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FILE: Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts as he leaves the court after sustaining an injury during first-half basketball action against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto.  (The Canadian Press via AP)

Durant’s feeling is understandable, given that Curry, who was picked in 2009, is largely the face of the franchise, writes Spears.

“There was always the sense that the 10-time All-Star felt like a distant second fiddle to Stephen Curry,” Spears said.

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He added that two events further alienated Durant from the Warriors: fans chanting “M-V-P” for Curry at home games, and general manager Bob Meyers joking during the Warrior’s 2018 championship parade that Durant could have whatever contract he wanted in free agency – the same thing he had apparently told Curry the year prior.

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Durant will sign a deal with the Brooklyn Nets when his free agency status ends on July 6th. ESPN reported that the contract will be worth $164 million.

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